Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Abbi's Wedding Mini Album

I'm sharing with you today a mini album I just finished for a dear friend of my daughters.
I want to be sure and give a huge shout out to Debbie Hemsworth and her
amazing tutorials showing how she assembled and bound
her Bo Bunny Zoology mini on YouTube.
Without her step-by-steps I would
have never created this

Following these photos there will be a link to my YouTube
where you can see each page in detail showing all
the flips and flaps that are tucked away on each
of the six pages that comprise this album.

I used a combination of Teresa Collin's Noteworthy papers
and Graphic 45's  Le Romantique
(and a smattering of
other papers)

I enjoyed every step of the creation of this album.
From learning how to do this type of binding
to watching each page take on a life of
it's own.  It was truly a joy to make.

I had so few papers left from Graphic 45 but knew as the
album progressed that just a splash of their colors and
style throughout the book would set the tone just as
I wanted.  It's amazing what just a little
can accomplish (so in other words
DO NOT throw away those scraps).

Another shout out goes to Leanne at Luvleescrappin on YouTube
and her Coin Envelope Pocket Book.
I got the inspiration for this tuck-in from her. It's made
from small coin envelopes, which I have a zillion ( I bought
a whole box from Office Maxx one year when I was making something).

Stickles, my own dear friend, added just enough sparkle
scattered across the pages.

I kept the inside embellishments to a  minimum
as the mini tended to 'grow' quickly as each
page took shape.  Once photos and odds and
ends are tucked into the pages it will
grow even more.  So added
flowers and lace and
tons of bling just
weren't needed.

I'm happy with the end result,
I had so much pleasure creating,
and so much pleasure giving.
Isn't this what crafting is all about?
Sharing your passion.

So get going, and share your passion for creating today,
whether it be a card or a mini, the act of making
and giving will surely please your heart and soul.

If you'd like to see each page in it's entirety and more still photos check out
my You Tube video below.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Masculine Card Set

I had gotten some packaging material (the corragated paper
shown in the photo below) and as I started to toss it out
I thought how nice it would be in some cards, really good weight
that neat grungy look.

So I hunted through my remants of papers and pulled out anything
that had that male feel about it, I really wanted masculine cards
for my stash is sorely lacking in masculine cards.

Everything is odds and ends that I just pulled and used
but I like the effects and how the cards turned out.

If you see something you'd like to know more about,
which punch; which paper line; which stamp
send me a note and I'll do my best to figure out what I used.

The ticket about was cut on my Cricut, I cut them all white
that way they can be colored or grunged up to match
whatever project I want to use them with.

I did some fussy cutting, like the pocket watch from my
odds and ends of paper, love how it looks here.

By adding one of the Tim Holtz spinners it gives the
card some real pazzase

Tear a few edges, ink the rest and what was pristine
now has that worn oldy look.

The typewriter key letters worked perfectly here

just a little Glossy Accents to make them pop

I wasn't happy with just this plain sheet of 6x6 by Tim Holtz
so I cut out the squares, cut them in half and then reaaranged
them into a new design.  I like this look better.

Mistakes are only known sometimes if you share them.
I almost tossed this stamped sentiment out because the
ink blotted over the 'THE' but the more I looked at
it the more I liked the look so no one really knows it's
not suppose to have this look except me (and of course
you too now, lol)

Really like the way the ADVENTURE stamped, I had to
go over it with my water brush to push the distress ink
a little and make it darker, it stamped light.
The magic of paper crafting, there always seems to be a fix
and when it's really horrible I can file it in the round file!

This is my favorite, loved this rub on and just like the look
of the Prima graffiti papers

And the simple sentiment speaks volumes!

This one is a little more 'pinky' so I guess I could roll it
over for a feminine type card if I wanted to.

Especially since I added some stickles to the inside.
I just had too, it was screaming 'Bling Me'.

LOVE LOVE LOVE my envelopes
I make a LOT of them!
I get recycled, outdated, wall paper books from my local
Sherman Williams store and then sit in front of the television
cutting the pages I think I could use into squares and tossing the rest
of the books away.

The result is a selection of sturdy envelopes that hold up
super well in the post.  If I'm clever enough, cough cough, I can
hide any of the print on the inside.  So who would know?
The only drawback is you must use a strong adhesive to get the envelope 
to stick to itself.  I use my ATG gun tape or something like Scor-Tape
Here's a video I posted to YouTube showing the cards 
and telling a little more about what's what.

Thanks for stopping by, hope I inspired you to save your garbage,
well not really, lol, but bits and pieces never hurt!